My god, her smile! Just, I’m not sure the film would've been any more than 'quite good' w/out her. We're gluttons for opportunities to study people who effect us, unobserved, to - w/ the permeating understanding of intuition - nearly come to psychically embody them. And how already suffused with that existential ache (the theme of the film; & maybe our lot) to have that final quality of our desire be so unattainable.
I am father of a 15 year old girl, I'm about the same age as Pialat in this. The battles we have and will have as she meets boys and men are just beginning and they are fiery and awful and tear my heart. Thank God for the ending of this film. If don't have children you are missing a struggle, but don't tell me you know ANYTHING about it, you are just a bunch of cowards. (Lionel Shriver et al).
Sandrine Bonnaire=Double Schwing! So French, so enchantingly attractive. Without her I imagine this flick would have disappeared from filmic memory, although a family who communicates principally by slapping and shouting tends to secure our attention. SPOILER: does our newly married heroine really emigrate with yet another guy? As we know from Being 14, hormones are nuts, but French hormones are off the scale.
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A very convincing coming-of-age picture, brimming with Rohmerian dialogue yet rife with a kind of sexual tension absent from that master's work. A nos amours is also surprisingly visually iconic, and not just thanks to Sandrine Bonnaire's (deservedly lauded) performance. It's hard to criticize a film that does the Bildungsroman this smoothly.
A movie mostly about violence and looking for freedom that's tangentially about sex, do I even have to ask why a lot of people seem to think that it's the reverse? Pialat's acting is good, but what are people on about with seeing his character as benevolent and not maybe only a shade less terrible than the brother. Bonnaire is amazing. 4.5
Bonnaire's a gem, going from Lolita to plain lost. Still, the character's motivations are a bit hard to get, just like the family dynamic. I mostly don't feel the purported sadness, while the ellipsis-crazy narrative thrashes all over the place, which is probably the point. Only the father returns, eventually. All scenes with him are great (and he just happens to be Pialat himself...), as is the final dinner scene.
Could only stand 30 minutes of this last time I tried to watch it. I don't think I've ever experienced a bigger U-turn with a film. It has a frankness which is unmatched, it's as if you're watching real scenes from a real life. One of the greatest depictions of the complicated dynamics and resentments of a family unit.